On the Street: Doc Martens, Redux

docs 1

I took these two photographs during my commute one morning last week. I could easily take several similar photos during every morning and evening commute, as well as at my office, to make this obvious point: classic Dr. Marten AirWair boots are back (again). I supposed it’s been a while since their last revival. I’m not sure what exactly prompted this latest wave, but a whole new generation of girls has suddenly embraced them this spring.

These two young women were waiting for a crosstown bus in their purple and oxblood Docs.

Continue reading

On the Street: Holiday Windows at Bergdorf Goodman, Christmas 2013

1530370_10152170613036694_981817466_n

I took this photo on Christmas Day, when Mr. TC and I were taking a quick tour of the store windows on Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman’s theme for the 2013 holiday season is “Holidays on Ice,” and this window is “Valentine’s Day.” You’re just seeing a detail of it here: the overall scene is complex and magical, and hard to capture on film. But even so, can you spot the pastries and confectionary, and the love letters on the woman’s desk, and the carnations spilling off her gown, and her pink fur stole?!

You can read more about these windows and view official photos at the Bergdorf blog.

On the Street: Vince Boutique, Madison Avenue

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 7.41.22 PM

I may be reading too much into the holiday-season windows of this Vince boutique on Madison Avenue when I say that they immediately remind me of Minimalist artist Dan Flavin’s series Monument for V. Tatlin (1969-70).

Flavin’s sculptures in this series were made entirely from prefabricated fluorescent lighting tubes.

flavinfalse

The series was a (semi-humorous) homage to Vladimir Tatlin’s design for an impossibly high and complex tower that would serve as a monument to the Communist International organization (1919-20). Some of Flavin’s neon arrangements referred to the shapes of that never-built monument, and others were simply abstract shapes.

Were Vince’s visual merchandising experts aware of Flavin’s work and its implications about art and history? Were they trying to suggest an abstract menorah? Or did they just want to come up with a window display that was illuminated and modern (and not too expensive to execute)? Your guess is as good as mine. I’ve never even been inside a Vince shop.

Images: Vince photo by Tinsel Creation; Dan Flavin photos/works courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art and Phillips.

On the Street: York Beads and Manhattan History

IMAG1967

I don’t normally slow down when I pass the various bead and trimming stores in west Midtown, but this sign made me laugh. I can never resist a reference to New York City history.

I’m sure the real story is more complicated, but still — very clever.

Purchase-of-Manhattan(This post goes out to my friend Leslie—New Yorker, historian, and craftsperson extraordinaire.)

Images: photo by Tinsel Creation; detail of postcard (1909) from the Museum of the City of New York archives, reproduced here.